Sometimes I feel like I’m out of the loop when it comes to many things. Yes, I get to attend great events and see lots of performances, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I know the details of what I’m about to view. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in a very rural county four hours away from a city, or because I was raised very conservative home that lacked funds for outside entertainment.
Whatever it may be, there are a lot of pop culture things that I knew nothing about growing up, and am only now in my 30’s having the opportunity to experience them. One of these happens to be the Broadway show Rent.
I met a friend last week and went out to dinner and enjoyed some much-needed cocktails and sustenance while we catched each other up on what had been going on with our lives. We left extra early because we were worried about protesters in Portland and possible delays on our way to the Keller Auditorium.
Luckily we had no problem what-so-ever getting there and actually arrived extra early, so we sipped on a beverage and grabbed our tickets to see Rent.
Now, I’ve had some amazing media seats in the past to view the Broadway performances that come to the Keller Auditorium, but my friend and I were in for a treat – as we were both surprised with front-row tickets.
Rent turned out to be much more than I anticipated and I finally realized what all of the hype was about since it debuted 20 years ago. It’s definitely not something that I would consider family friendly, but it’s got a fun vibe that I haven’t experienced during any other broadway show. Rent has funny moments, touches on a lot of subjects that may be sensitive to some, and sheds a light to others. The storyline has drugs, Aids, sex, cursing, and a bit of rock and roll. While it has some tough topics, it also makes you laugh throughout and definitely keeps you entertained. The bottom line of the story? It’s all about love.
I like a good story that opens up my eyes and perspective a bit, and Rent definitely accomplished that – and ended a nice little girl’s night out evening that I’m sure will be a memory between my friend and I for years to come.
Also – if you’ve never had front row seats to a Broadway performance before – mark that down on your bucket list. It’s a pretty amazing experience.
For more Broadway in Portland Upcoming Shows, visit: Portland.Broadway.com